Few words about orthodontics
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends screening all the
children by age 7.
Why screen by age 7?
The posterior occlusion is established when the first molars erupt. At
that time, one can evaluate the antero-posterior and transverse
relationships of the occlusion, as well as discover any functional
Incisors have begun to erupt and problems can be detected such as
crowding, habits, deep bites, open bites and some facial asymmetries.
For some, a timely screening will lead to significant treatment
benefits; for most, the principal immediate benefit is a parent's
peace of mind.
Between the ages of 10 and 14 is the most common time for orthodontic
treatment, and for good reasons. By 12, most if not all of the
permanent teeth have erupted and are in place, and crooked teeth, gaps
and bad bites can easily be detected. These problems will hardly ever
correct themselves, so this is when most parents decide to seek
orthodontic treatment. This is also a good time for orthodontic
treatment because many negative associations of braces are not
present. Many children in this age range undergo orthodontic
treatment, and children are very often able to be convinced to wear
braces because they see their friends wearing them, too, and want to
Besides the benefits of fitting in with their friends, children at
this age are growing rapidly, and orthodontists can usually take
advantage of these growth spurts to help shape the bite and teeth
correctly. And children at this age have high metabolisms, which can
help shorten overall treatment time and reduce the discomfort of
More and more adults today orthodontic treatment to improve their
smile. In fact, about 25 percent of orthodontic patients are adults!
Orthodontic treatment is not only designed to improve the appearance
of your smile, but improve the health of your teeth and gums as well.
By seeking orthodontic treatment as an adult you can possibly avoid
severe tooth decay, gum and bone loss, irregular wear of the tooth
enamel, and craniomandibular pain disorder.
The real orthodontist's concern is not just for your teeth but also
your entire mouth. That's why smille analysis is one of the
cornerstones of any modern orthodontic practice. In this analysis the
practitioner will carefully assess lip-tooth relationship, tooth
position, jaw alignment, signs of exposed gums, and more, plus take
the necessary steps to correct them. Often times, because adults
usually are more compliant in their orthodontic treatment, their
results turn out far greater than with a child and/or teen. By
following the instructions provided by your orthodontist, you not only
increase your chances for amazing results, but could also shorten your
treatment time as well.
There is a wide selection of braces to meet the individual needs and
desires of each adult patients. From traditional metal braces and
ceramic braces to lingual braces and clear aligners that can be worn
for certain amount of time each day, there are plenty of options to
help you achieve and maintain the beautiful, healthy smile you've
always dreamed about.
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